Herzing University game development students were joined by students from five other local schools to enjoy a challenging weekend of game development while making new friends and exchanging tips and tricks. Global Game Jam is not a competition, but a challenge extended for the purpose of increasing the confidence of participants and establishing a network of professionals through idea-sharing, experimentation, and plain old fun.
After watching a keynote video on Friday, including advice from leading game developers in the industry, regional groups work all weekend (48 hours) to create a video game based on the secret topic announced in the video. This year's topic was the human heartbeat. Over 80 students participated in Madison, congregating at the Herzing University - Madison campus to tackle the challenge together. Industry professionals from area studios were also involved. In all, 15 games were produced by the team in Madison. To read more about the event and see images from the games produced, Erik Pederson, professor and department chair of the game development program at Herzing University - Madison, provided an excellent summary. Download PDF